The Independent on Sunday (London, England)

The Independent on Sunday is the Sunday edition of The Independent, a daily newspaper in London, England. The Independent Sunday covers local, national, and international news, sports, business, politics, and weather.

Articles from May 28, 2006

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24 HOURS IN MOSCOW ; Beauty Is in the Eye of the Beholder in This City-From the Stalin- Era Skyscrapers to Its Monumental Metro
Start your day with a samovar 08.30: Wake up in the newly renovated Peking Hotel (1) (00 7 495 209 2215), where a double room costs $208 (pounds 122) a night without breakfast. This is one of the Stalin-era skyscrapers, admired for their solid construction...
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7/7 Revealed: The Missing Kit and Poor Planning That Put Lives at Risk ; Special Report: Attack on London Doors Did Not Open, Phones Did Not Work, First Aid Boxes Were Empty and Staff Unprepared, an Inquiry into the London Bombings Rescue Effort Will Say
A catalogue of communication failures undermined the "heroic" efforts of emergency crews, doctors and commuters to rescue victims injured in the London bombings. The official inquiry into the response to the disaster has found that the recommendations...
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A Bloody Mess. Our Bloody Mess ; A Leading Iraq War Sceptic Now Says US and British Forces Should Remain until Peace Prevails
Recently, a message in Arabic was scrolled across the screen on Iraqi TV It said: "The Ministry of Defence requests that civilians do not comply with the orders of the army or police on nightly patrols unless they are accompanied by coalition forces...
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A Charmed Two Years for Lloyds Savers
Lloyds TSB has fired another shot in the battle of the high- street banks with last week's launch of a regular savings account paying 8 per cent interest for two years. Although the bank is a late entrant to the market for high- interest regular monthly...
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A FEAST FIT FOR A MUSCOVITE ; Moscow's Eateries Used to Be Famed for Their Watery Soups. These Days They Serve Sushi. Where Can You Eat Some Authentic Russian Fare? Ask Long-Time Russophile Robin Buss
Russian cuisine is famous for caviar, vodka, blinis and borscht - and, in the days of Soviet package tours, for watery cabbage and gristly beef at the In-tourist Hotel. Those who remember only that era will not recognise the new Moscow, which, if you...
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After Japan, the Long Journey to Domestic Bliss ; WEALTH CHECK
The problem: Travel bug turns to investment bug After two years teaching English in Japan, Claire Phillips and Edo Weightman want to lay the financial foundations for a future back on home soil. While abroad they built up savings and now have pounds...
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A Gallery of Rogues ; Peter Carey's Wonderful New Novel Takes as Its Hero a Rascally Painter on His Uppers. but Why Have So Many Writers, from Balzac to 'Girl with a Pearl Earring', Been Inspired by the Visual Arts? Tom Rosenthal Investigates
There are in my view far too many novels about writers and writing, most of which inevitably end like the oozlum bird, a mythical creature beloved of army drill sergeants, which flies around in ever decreasing circles until it finally disappears up its...
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Alan Johnson Could Move into Prescott's Office Tomorrow. So Why Not the Top Job?
I have seen the future, and it works. The only question is whether he really is the future. His name is Alan Johnson and he would make an excellent prime minister. Last week, he delivered his first speech as Secretary of State for Education - his first...
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Al Gore, VP for Global Warming (Hot Air Division)
Bill Clinton christened himself "the comeback kid", but it is his former vice-president, Al Gore, who is earning the tag. For he has recently gone from zero to hero. For five years after losing the 2000 presidential election, he was the butt of pity...
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As They Preach on Divorce, Their Readers May Be Falling off the Straight and Narrow ; Real Life Gets in the Way When Newspapers Try to Hold the Line on Marriage
If there is data about the divorce habits of readers of particular newspapers, I am unaware of it. It would be fascinating to know, for example, whether the propensity for divorce is greater among Telegraph than among Independent readers. Do the obsessive...
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Athletic: WATCH THIS FACE: From Physics Exam to Huge Physical Test ; Olly Freeman, Triathlete
At eight years old, children tend to be taking their first steps in a chosen sport. Oly Freeman from Smarden, Kent, was already a national triathlon champion, mastering swimming, cycling and running. Now 20, he is testing himself against adults for the...
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Back from the Dead ; Himalayan Sherpas Left Lincoln Hal When They Thought He Was Dead. Then Passing Climbers Saw Signs of Life, and This Time They Didn't Walk on by. Cole Moreton Tells the Story of an Extraordinary and Heroic Rescue
Lincoln Hall was dead. The leader of his climbing team had made the announcement and the 50-year-old's widow was grieving back home in Australia. Sherpas trying in vain to save him had run out of oxygen and been forced to leave the corpse on top of Mount...
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Benefit Claimants May Have to Face Lie Detectors
Suspected benefit fraudsters will facelie-detector tests in a Whitehall initiative designed to catch out cheats claiming cash they are not entitled to. The Government is preparing to test hi-tech voice analysis developed by the security industry in Israel...
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Benefit Claimants to Face Lie-Detector Tests ; Liberties Groups Warn of Abuse of Voice-Analysis Technology
Suspected benefit fraudsters will face lie-detector tests in a Whitehall initiative designed to catch out cheats claiming cash they are not entitled to. The Government is preparing to test hi-tech voice analysis developed by the security industry in...
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BE SAFE NOT SORRY ; Have You Booked Your Holiday Online? Beware, It May Not Be Protected
Unbeknown to the millions who are flying away this weekend, the travel industry is in turmoil over an issue that might suddenly prove close to their hearts -consumer protection. Buy a holiday, or a flight and a room, and if a company involved goes bust...
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Building a Library the Mind ; I Suspect There's a Conspiracy When It Comes to a Proper Theory on Mental Illness
Once science was democratic, available to all who could read. Now it is subdivided into no-go areas. From the more than 1,000 books that I've purchased for my own library, I recommend a small band of kindly fellows who dare to make science meaningful,...
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Burmese Junta Extends the House Arrest of Suu Kyi by Yet Another Year
Refusing to bow to international pressure, the Burmese military junta yesterday thrust Aung San Suu Kyi, one of the world's most famous political prisoners, back into the shadows by renewing the house-arrest order that has confined her to her run-down...
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Cameron and the Rock Star: A Desert Island Daydream
As one of rock'n'roll's most right-on figures, Radiohead singer Thom Yorke is used to people claiming him as a friend. But the Tory leader David Cameron's efforts to trumpet his chumminess with the star have backfired. Listeners to this morning's edition...
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Cameron Woos 'Political Virgins' ; Tories Launch Campaign to Recruit New Generation of Female Activists as Pols Show Labour Losing Trust of Women Voters
A new generation of highflying female "political virgins" are being recruited by David Cameron to hold key posts in a future Tory government. The women, most of whom have not previously been involved in politics, are to be mentored by senior figures...
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Close Guantanamo Now
There is something slightly unreal about the Prime Minister's inexhaustible ability to put on a brave face. The looting in Baghdad broke out in earnest on the day the statue of Saddam Hussein was pulled down, and the disorder in Iraq has grown worse...
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Cold Mountain ; News Analysis: DEATH ON EVEREST David Sharp Was One of 11 Climbers to Die on Everest So Far This Year. Did the Spirit of the Sport Die with Him?
How could they do it? A man lies dying in a cave, high on the highest mountain in the world. His face, fingers and toes are blackened by frostbite. His mind is muddled and his blood being thickened by lack of oxygen in the rarefied, agonisingly cold...
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Come on in, the Water's Lovely ; DANCE
Rambert Dance Company Sadler's Wells LONDON At 80, Rambert is Britain's oldest dance company, and on the strength of its latest programme it's more young at heart than ever. While long-term Rambert watchers may find the accelerating turnover of dancers...
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Cooke's Last, Lost Letter from America ; out of America
In 1942 the great reporter toured a US newly at war and found much that echoes down the years Have you ever felt an urge to smash open one of those sealed time capsules you find embedded in a building put up, say, in March 1960, and carrying the instruction,...
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Credits Roll for Whirring Projectors as Digital Looks to Star in Cinemas
The projection booth at Singapore's Suntec City multiplex sounds like those at cinemas worldwide. After the film is fed through the projector, the room fills with the clickety-clack of the spinning reels. But beside each of the five traditional projectors...
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Cricket: England Toil as Shadow of Murali Looms ; SECOND TEST. Sri Lanka Stubbornly Refuse to Follow the Script - and Their Great Spinner May Yet Sway the Day
The general consensus about the first Test series of the summer was that England would win with plenty to spare. This suggestion is expected to appear in the next volume of Poppycock of Our Time. Despite Sri Lanka's intermittently obliging efforts to...
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Cricket: Panesar's Poser: Take the Magic, Live with the Farce ; SECOND TEST. the Bowling Is an Asset, but Does It Outweigh the Fielding?
Spectators in the RES Wyatt stand at the City End may be quieter and more soberly dressed that the colourful mobs in the Eric Hollies Stand that runs down the square-leg boundary at Edgbaston, but Monty Panesar, has captured the imagination of both these...
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Cricket: Pietersen Now Looks at a New Horizon ; SECOND TEST. Spectacular Century Could Start a Thrilling Journey - Only One Man Knows Where It Might End
In his newspaper column last week, Kevin Pietersen announced that he wanted to be the No 1 batsman in the world. Well, he would, wouldn't he? In his innings at Edgbaston on Friday it was possible to believe that anything was possible. Anything he wanted...
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Cricket: Revealed: England Area Team of Butterfingers ; EDGBASTON DIARY
So far in this international summer there seem to have been England drops galore. Nine at Lord's have been followed by three (so far) at Edgbaston. There has never been anything like it. Actually, there has. Indeed, in the previous 30 matches before...
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Cricket: 'The One Thing That Scares Me Most' ; SECOND TEST. England's Lost Leader Haunted by the Spectre He May Never Get to Lead His Team Again
The captain of England is delighted about having holes in his knee. Nobody has been this happy about holes since anti-war protesters found them in the Government's arguments for invading Iraq. "It means we know what the problem is," he said. "In Pakistan...
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Crime in Brief
Buried By Mark Billingham LITTLE, BROWN pounds 12.99 (pounds 10.99 (P&P FREE) 08700 798 897DI Tom Thorne is in constant pain' old injuries haunt him. Then he's seconded to a kidnap enquiry. A 16-year-old boy, the son of a retired copper, has been abducted....
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DAYS OUT ; the Workhouse, Nottinghamshire, by Nikki Spencer
VICTORIAN VALUES: a harsh, segregated regime was instituted at Southwell -and taken up by more than 600 workhouses The venue This 19th-century workhouse at Southwell has a different feel to most National Trust properties: no tea and cakes or topiary...
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Death Toll Tops 3,500 as Quake Devastates Indonesia's Royal City
More than 3,500 people were killed and many more were missing last night after a powerful earthquake struck Indonesia's royal city of Yogyakarta, destroying buildings near ancient heritage sites that attract large numbers of foreign tourists. As rescuers...
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Decline in Dollar to Take Toll on UK Giants
Fears are growing that market volatility could continue long into the summer as the slide in the US dollar starts to hit earnings at some of the FTSE 100's biggest stocks. The 10 per cent depreciation in the dollar since the start of the year is now...
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Depardieu Sings His Way to Favourite for Cannes Award
The Cannes Film Festival ends tonight with critics generally agreeing that there are only two serious contenders for the competition's main prize, the Palme d'Or. By far the most acclaimed titles in selection were the Spanish film Volver by Cannes regular...
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Destination Hell: Train Passengers 'Held to Ransom' ; You Don't Have to Be a Genius to Travel When You Want at a Price You Want.But It Helps
One train, 70 ticket types, 776 conditions of travel. Destination? Chaos. That, at least, is the opinion of MPs on the cross party Transport Committee, who have condemned the complexity of pricing on Britain's railways as "an insult" to passengers. Train...
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Digital Audio Broadcasting Radios: It's Time to Give DAB Technology the Reception It Deserves, Says David Phelan ; Technology
Now that summer's here, portable radios are the gadget of choice for listening to football scores, political debate or music. But until recently, radios have been low on the technology food chain, lagging behind the break-neck pace of development of...
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Discs
ROCK **** The Futureheads News and Tributes 679 Timely. A little longer, and The Futureheads were in danger of being outshone by Maximo Park as the band who make a point of singing in an authentically Tyne-and-Wear accent. Longer still, and they might...
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Don't Despair. Some Women Pick Partners for Love Not Money
As many as 10 million British women are ready to take over bread- winning duties from their partners in "a profound shift" in the ground rules for relationships. Research suggests that financial confidence among women has reached such heights that men...
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Don't Make Me Laugh. MPs Can't Make Us Happy
Politics and commerce want it all, and now their sights are set on happiness. Politicians, popular anthropologists, think-tanks, economists want us to be happy, and are prepared to tell us what happiness is, and how to go about achieving it. Another...
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Double Vision ; They Are Identical Twins Who Do Al They Can to Look Unlike Each Other. but in Their Art the Sisters Unite to Create a Unique View of the World, from an Abandoned Sanatorium to the Old Stasi HQ. by Sophie Leris
THE IOS INTERVIEW The Wilson Twins ARTIST SISTERS Half an hour early to meet internationally acclaimed artists Jane and Louise Wilson at their central London gallery, I come across an art tour guide explaining their latest exhibition, "The New Brutalists",...
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Double Vision ; They Are Identical Twins Who Do Al They Can to Look Unlike Each Other. but in Their Art the Sisters Unite to Create a Unique View of the World, from an Abandoned Sanatorium to the Old Stasi HQ. by Sophie Leris THE IOS INTERVIEW the Wilson Twins ARTIST SISTERS
Half an hour early to meet internationally acclaimed artists Jane and Louise Wilson at their central London gallery, I come across an art tour guide explaining their latest exhibition, "The New Brutalists", to a group of Americans. Despite the apparent...
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Down on the Marijuana Farm
Middle age continues its unstoppable colonisation of my life. I'm now so fully entrenched in two of the three Gs (golf, gardening and gonorrhoea) that have always represented middle age to me that whether I eventually achieve the third is becoming mildly...
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'Drowning in Changes': Blair Launches Another Pensions Lifeboat
At the heart of the Government's White Paper on pensions, unveiled on Thursday, was simplicity. "Our reforms to state and private pensions will ... dramatically simplify the system, and make the decision to save a very straightforward one," it was claimed....
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Dvd & Video
*** Fun with Dick and Jane DVD retail & rental In this remake of a 1977 Jane Fonda comedy, Jim Carrey and Tea Leoni star as a middle-class couple who supplement their income with a spot of armed robbery. With Carrey at his most irrepressible, the film...
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Energy Groups Seek Green Light to Pump Carbon under the Sea
Standing on the roof of Scottish and Southern Energy's power station just outside Peterhead, on the Scottish coast, it's hard to imagine this could become the launch pad of an environmental revolution. Across the sea and beyond the horizon lies the Miller...
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Esther Rantzen ; the TV Presenter Would Love to Use Monet as an Excuse for Getting Naked in the Garden, but Confesses That She Doesn't Visit Art Galleries Often Enough
What was your cultural passion at 14 It was mainly reading. I read everything. Anything I could find in my parents' bookcases, which meant everything from Beverley Nichols' 1930s bestsellers to Black Beauty to Pride and Prejudice. Eclectic, you could...
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Every Little Helps Leahy to Earn a Pounds 4mpay Deal ; RETAIL_Tesco Boss Reaps the Rewards of His Success as the UK's Favourite Supermarket Forges Ahead
Sir Terry Leahy, the chief executive of the supermarket giant Tesco, took home a bumper pounds 4mpay package last year, including bonuses totalling a record pounds 2.8m. The package, up from the previous year's pounds 3.2m, means Sir Terry is one of...
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Evolution Has Never Looked So Good ; VISUAL ART Tony Cragg Lisson Gallery LONDON
For a hefty piece of sculpture, Tony Cragg's Discussion is light on its feet. Even hollow-cast, this much bronze must weigh: Discussion stands nearly two metres high by two-and-a-half long, all rises and falls like the crankshaft of a giant machine....
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Experts in Alien Killer Armchairs ; A Scholarly Analysis of Doctor Who Is All Very Well, but the Prof's Been Beaten to It by the Fans, Contends Matthew Sweet
Inside the Tardis By James Chapman I B TAURIS pounds 12.99 pounds 11.99 (P&P FREE) 08700 798 897 Doctor Who is accustomed to renaissance. He clutches at his hearts, announces that this is the end and, in a blur and blaze of Colour Separation Overlay,...
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Exxon Accused of Bunker Mentality as Investors Get Rough
It looks like golf clubs at dawn. Rex Tillerson, chief executive of ExxonMobil, is set to duel with the tireless women's rights campaigner Martha Burk at the oil giant's annual shareholder meeting this week, over Exxon's sponsorship of the Masters Golf...
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Fa'af Ili's Chance to Fly Back into Kiwis Reckoning ; SUNDAY PREVIEW
The New Zealand coach, Brian McClennan, has been deprived of the chance to run the rule over one of the pillars of his pack today, but he will still be able to assess the claims of two other Warrington players for inclusion against Great Britain next...
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Federer Fired by Nadal Phenomenon ; FRENCH OPEN. World No 1 Is 'Excited' by the Emergence of His Briliant Shadow and Anticipates Thriling Rivalry
When Roger Federer turned up to talk about his chances of winning what would be his fourth consecutive Grand Slam, it was disconcerting for the great man to be seated beneath a gigantic picture of Rafael Nadal, the reigning champion of Roland Garros...
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Fiat Moves to Eject Back-Seat Drivers at Ferrari
The Italian car giant Fiat has opened negotiations with the investment bank Medioban ca to buy back its 29 per cent stake in Ferrari. It is understood that Sergio Marchionne, the chief executive of the Italian car maker, expects to achieve "a solid result"...
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FICTION: October Is the Cruellest Month ; Twenty Something
pounds 9.99 (P&P FREE) 08700 798 897 Jack Lancaster is 25, and he's having a crisis. His girlfriend is looking fat, he's bored being an investment manager, and he thinks he's a "tosspot". He's spent most of New Year's Eve arguing with his fat other half,...
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FILM CHOICE What Came First. the Chicken or the Joke? ; Chicken Run Tonight, 8.15pm BBC3 Mike Bassett, England Manager Wednesday, 9pm FIVE
If Nick Park and Peter Lord are feeling smug these days, they can probably be forgiven. Why wouldn't they? Their Wallace and Gromit films have won them two Oscars, three Baftas and more or less universal adoration. Chicken Run, their first full-length...
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Film School Is Fine - but It Sure Doesn't Teach You about Movies
The London Film School is 50 years old, and it is being celebrated at the National Film Theatre. I have mixed feelings, perhaps because when I went there, in 1960, it was the London School of Film Technique. As a name, this was either ingenious or very...
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Fishing: FISHING LINES ; Sex and the Single Scottish Salmon
...Most of the time, salmon fishing is like waiting for a bus at the wrong stop. Because salmon spend much of their lives at the seaside, there's every chance that the river you are fishing hasn't had a silver visitor for weeks. A couple of years ago,...
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Fishing: Sex and the Single Scottish Salmon ; FISHING LINES
Most of the time, salmon fishing is like waiting for a bus at the wrong stop. Because salmon spend much of their lives at the seaside, there's every chance that the river you are fishing hasn't had a silver visitor for weeks. A couple of years ago, my...
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Food&drink: Beer We Go, Beer We Go. ; Germans May Know How to Kick a Ball, but What Do They Know about Eating and Drinking? on the Eve of the World Cup, Olly Smith Finds There's More to the Teutonic Table Than Bratwurst, Lager and Liebfraumilch. Photographs by Simon Prince
Aaaah Germany... The country that brought us the VW Beetle, Bauhaus and the collapsible umbrella. And this year, it is hosting the World Cup. We know -to our cost - that Germany has a national side that can hold its own with the world's best. But can...
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Food&drink: Eating out ; Nice Menu, Shame about the Food at Soho's Bar Shu, Says Terry Durack
The glossy, full-colour pictures make Playboy look as exciting as white bread. This is the real deal, as page after page of the menu at London's new Bar Shu reveal the gutsy glories of Sichuan cuisine. You can almost taste the mouth-filling flavours,...
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Food&drink: Holger and His Head Chef Clearly Love Their Work and Are Inspired to Create New Dishes by Listening to Ear-Bleeding Punk Music. Only in Germany
But it isn't just the winemakers and their dogs that should feel proud. German breweries have a lot to shout about too. Indeed, if you love beer, Germany is heaven. The styles are widespread, the laws governing the quality of German beers are second...
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Food&drink ; My Round Richard Ehrlich Gets a Chemistry Lesson on the Art of Fine Wine
Two adjectives spring to mind for describing someone who keeps a book called Wine Science on his bedside table. One is dedicated. The other is sad. While others are reading a novel or watching late- night TV, this world-class nerd is reading about brettanomyces,...
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FOOD OF THE WEEK ; Folow the Locals and You'l Be Sure to Eat Wel. Andy Lynes Tels You Where They Hang out, from Leicester to Los Angeles
Forget the guide books' just eat where the locals eat and you'll always eat well. As a rule of thumb, it's a pretty reliable way to plan your dining out. Just don't follow a gang of them into the kebab shop after closing time and you'll be fine. Wherever...
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Football: Colgan Atones for Clanger as Barnsley Go Up ; LEAGUE ONE PLAY-OFF FINAL Swansea Left Crestfalen in Cardiff after Shoot-Out Failure of Akinfenwa and Tate
Swansea City 2 Barnsley 2 Aet' Barnsley win 4-3 on penalties Nick Colgan, Barnsley's goalkeeper, turned despair into joy to clinch his side's place in next season's Championship with the decisive save as Andy Ritchie's side defeated Swansea 4-3 on penalties...
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Football: Creative Crouch Wins over Doubters ; GERMANY 2006. Liverpool's Tall Enigma Looks Forward to Grasping the 'Massive Opportunity' Thrust on Him
Peter Crouch's first international goal arrived 11 minutes after he came on as a substitute for Wayne Rooney. Replacing the wunderkind for at least the initial stages of next month's World Cup may prove a tougher ask' so much so that in the next seven...
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Football: Earnshaw Gives Eriksson Pointers
Trinidad & Tobago 1 Wales 2 Half-time: 1-1 Att: 8,000 A Robert Earnshaw double completed three minutes from time allowed Wales to dent the confidence of Trinidad & Tobago, the side that will be England's second Group B opponents at the World Cup. Gillingham...
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Football: Fever Pitch of Anticipation in Disc World ; GEMS OF THE SMALL SCREEN
There's a sickness in the air as 9 June approaches, but for once we're not talking about the Anointed One's metatarsal. No, this is more viral than physical: it's a fever. Or so Fifa would have us believe, as they take pity on those craving more compelling...
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Football: Islanders Depend on Dwight to Make Up for 16-Year Hitch ; GERMANY 2006. Former Old Trafford Playboy Becomes a Talisman as T & T Launch Their Mission Implausible
Dwight Yorke admits it is not just the outside world that struggles to regard him as a leader. He does so himself. "I'm the one everyone looks up to," says the former Manchester United striker who will proudly wear the armband for Trinidad and Tobago...
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Football: Owen's Welcome for Gerrard as Co-Striker ; GERMANY 2006. Former Anfield Team-Mate Classed as the Perfect Footbaler by England's Arch Predator
Michael Owen has hailed Steven Gerrard as "the perfect footballer" as England conclude their countdown to the World Cup finals with this week's friendly internationals against Hungary and Jamaica at Old Trafford. The Newcastle player believes Gerrard...
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Football: Playing with the Enemy ; on the Eve of the World Cup, a New Exhibition Reveals That the Football Cultures of England and Germany Have Far Closer Historical Links Than Most Fans Care to Admit, Says William Cook 'We Made Friends in Pubs,' Recalls One Visiting German Fan. 'It's Not War, It's Football'
Ten years ago, surrounded by England fans at Wembley Stadium, my heart leapt for joy when Gareth Southgate missed the penalty that put England out of Euro 96. I hadn't planned to feel that way. Even though I'm half German, I was born and raised in England...
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Football: Protective Ferguson versus Desperate Eriksson ; THE NICK TOWNSEND COLUMN
Barely a day goes by without the query, from tradesman, shopkeeper, bank manager: "So, do you reckon Rooney will make it, then?" This on the basis that we sports writers will somehow have more of the ear of Sven Goran Eriksson and Sir Alex Ferguson than...
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Football: Sol: TM Happier, I'm More Alive' ; Germany2006. Campbel's Desire Is Still Burning within - He Wants to Do Something Special for His Country
Early April in Turin, and Arsenal have just eliminated Juventus in a Champions' League quarter-final. On the long walkway from the dressing rooms to the team bus Sol Campbell, an unused substitute, is talking for the first time about a traumatic couple...
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Football: Sven's Comedy Turns: Little and Large, Walcott's Half- Hour and the Diddy Men ; THE NICK TOWNSEND COLUMN
He was received rapturously on his entrance to big-time football by a crowd feverish with anticipation. Afterwards, members of the Thames Valley constabulary were forced to restrain the crowd as Theo Walcott made to depart Reading's Madejski Stadium...
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Football: Sven Still Swears by Beckham ; Eriksson Resists Cal for On-Song Lennon to Start for England but Admits Captain Could Switch Inside
Sven Goran Eriksson has reasserted his admiration for the burgeoning talent of Tottenham's Aaron Lennon, following his performance for the England B team. However, the England coach is adamant that the place of his captain, David Beckham, is not in jeopardy...
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Football: THE TEAM BEHIND THE TEAM: WHO'S WHO AMONG THE ENGLAND BACKROOM BOYS AND GIRLS
NAME: Gary Lewin. AGE: 42. ROLE: Physiotherapist. WORLD CUPS: '94, '98, '02. BACKGROUND: Physio at Arsenal, brought in by Glenn Hoddle. FONDEST MEMORY: Beating Germany 5-1. FAVOURITE GAME: England v Argentina, World Cup 02. QUIRKIEST EXPERIENCE: Being...
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Football: Totti Leads Army of Walking Wounded ; THE ROONEY FACTOR
Metatarsals, ankles, knees, shoulders, hamstrings, backs, and egos' the list of reasons for potential absenteeism at the World Cup finals grows longer by the day. So, too, does the list of countries threatened by the loss of a star performer or at least...
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Football: We're All Calm over Scandal, Claims Lippi ; GERMANY2006. Shadow over Italy's World Cup as Emergency Administrator Vows to Dig Deep into Alegations
The Italy coach, Marcello Lippi, says that he knew his son was likely to be drawn into the scandal that has engulfed Italian football and insists his team are managing to concentrate on their preparations for the World Cup. Lippi's son, Davide, who is...
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Football: When We Were Kings ; WORLD CUP 1966-2006. Ramsey's Ever-Present Full-Back Suffered an Injury Scare of His Own before the Glories of '66 - but There Was No Commotion, and England Had a Manager with a Master Plan No Beckham- Style Party, Alf Took Us to See His Favourite Western
So, plans for a victory parade and tea with the Queen on 11 July - two days after the World Cup final - are already apparently well advanced. Just in case England's footballers defy decades of history, you understand. But probably best not to mention...
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For Sale: One Mud Hut (Yours for Only Pounds 750,000)
It could be the most expensive mud pie of all time. A four- bedroom home made from clay, straw and recycled plastic bottles has gone on sale for an asking price of pounds 745,000. Cobtun House might sound like something from the Third World, but it represents...
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For Students of the Game-And Pub Disputes ; READ ALL ABOUT IT
ENGLAND'S LAST GLORY: THE BOYS OF'66 By David Miler (Anova) Not high on presentation values, but a must for students of English football history. One of the most affectionately written and illuminating accounts of England's only World Cup success. Ful...
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Friday 2 June
CHOICE * * The Real Cost of Going Green 7pm BBC2 The Money Programme investigates levels of carbon emissions around the country, asking whether a wholesale reduction could save the planet from environmental disaster. Max Flint travels to Teesdale, the...
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Games: QI Quiz No 031 Up for the Chop
Today is the 268th anniversary of the birth of Dr Joseph-Ignace Guillotin, a man remembered for only one thing: the killing machine that bears his name. This is a harsh fate for a humanitarian reformer. Guillotin was a deputy of the National Assembly...
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Get Your Tanks off My Lawn ; A Report Published Last Week Claimed That Radios 1 and 2 Have an Unfair Advantage over the Private Sector and Should Be Sold off. Here, Jenny Abramsky, Head of BBC Radio, Hits Back, Defending the BBC's Public Service Role - and Explaining What Makes Its Stars Stay Loyal
The BBC has no more passionate servant than its director of music and radio, Jenny Abramsky. Critics say she has a "Leninist mindset" immune to the notion that the corporation can ever do wrong. But her colleagues adore her, and her track record since...
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Golf: Els Ahead on the Makeover Front - If Not Leaderboard
Don't mention the PGA. David Howell did the other day but managed to get away withit. The players may know what they are playing for here - the PGA Championship and its 52-year heritage - but spectators can be forgiven for feeling confused. Outside the...
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Golf: Howell Plays President as Jimenez Sings in Rain ; GOLF. Strong Finish Puts Englishman in Command but Spaniard Lurks
There is one man so obviously in charge here that this may as well be the West Wing and not the West Course. Sure, Miguel Angel Jimenez averted a landslide with a vote-winning 65 but still David Howell maintained a three-shot lead in the BMW Championship....
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Golf: No Quips If You Want My Yips Tips ; THE HACKER
There are countless thousands of fellow hackers out there, and some of them are kind enough to let me know what comfort they get from reading about my golfing struggles. Knowing that someone is even worse at the game than they are gives them the strength...
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Golf: THE HACKER ; No Quips If You Want My Yips Tips
...There are countless thousands of felow hackers out there, and some of them are kind enough to let me know what comfort they get from reading about my golfing struggles. Knowing that someone is even worse at the game than they are gives them the strength...
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Hard-Core Films Flood Market ; FILM & DVD
More hard-core pornographic films are now being passed by censors each week than used to be passed in a year. A flood of porn DVDs has now hit the market, with almost 6,500 hard-core movies available to be bought legally. Until a legal ruling in 2000,...
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Hard Man of the Home Office ; JOHN REID He Wants to Sort out the Mess in His Latest Department. and Then He Wants to Be Prime Minister
It's one thing having a scorched-earth policy," said one minister with previous experience of working with John Reid, as he watched the new Home Secretary's aggressive debut. "It's another when you reverse back over the terrain, prop the charred bodies...
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Hedge Funds in a Spin ; the Market's Sharp-Shooters Have Had Free Rein in Making Billions. but Now the Regulators Could Put Them on a Leash
Man Group, the world's largest quoted hedge fund, unveils annual results this week that are expected to be its best ever. Like the entire hedge fund industry, it has been on an amazing run. In 2000 Man had $4.7bn (pounds 2.5bn) under management' today...
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Hey Mum, Let's Find Ourselves a Helping Hand ; Are We There Yet?
A friend of mine is writing a book called How to Be a Perfect Mum -a kind of insider's guide to the art of good parenting - and I've been waiting impatiently to read it and be transformed. But the anticipation got too much to bear last weekend, when...
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Hide and Seek ; When It Comes to Swimwear, Why Dare to Bare, When You Can Engage in a Far More Playful Game of Peek-a-Boo Instead?
Topless sunbathing? Yawn. String bikini bottoms that don't so much cover one's buttocks as cleft them? Over. This might come as news to the body-beautiful who crowd the public beaches from Ibiza to Rio de Janeiro, but exposing your assets is so pass....
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HOLD ON TIGHT AS BIG CATS LET RIP ; They're Sleek, They're Fast, They're Zapcats. and They're Versatile Enough to Roar Up to the Source of the Nile or Race around the British Coast. Isabel Knolles Gets a White-Knuckled Grip and Becomes an Instant Convert
Which cat can do 0-50mph in five seconds, weighs 148kg, is 4.2 metres long, and has an outer skin consisting entirely of PVC? A Zapcat. Just like a cheetah, the world's most popular one- design powerboat is built for speed, with twin inflatable hulls...
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HOLLYWOOD NEXT THE SEA ; Which A-Listers Might You Spot on Trendy Anguila? Want Some Tips for Beaches? Jeremy Hart and Family Meet the Woman Who Knows
Paul Simon was sitting in our restaurant eating and I had no idea - someone had to point him out to me. Then, another time I was out at the dock getting supplies from the boat and this lady bounces up to me and says, "Hi, I'm Sarah Jessica Parker. We...
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Home Office in Turmoil as Convictions Fall
The beleaguered Home Office came under yet more pressure today with reports that violent crime is soaring while conviction rates have plunged to historically low levels. Home Office figures show that only 9.7 per cent of all "serious woundings" reported...
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Home Office Not Fit to Make Asylum Checks, Says Ex-Minister
Ministers were plunged into further disarray over the handling of foreign offenders last night, after claims that hundreds of mentally- ill suspects may have been released from secure hospitals. Barbara Roche, a former immigration minister, said the...
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Homes: Walls of Silence
Where does a designer known for his crazily lavish interiors find peace and quiet? In his very own padded cell, of course. Dominic Lutyens explores a unique Parisian bolthole. Photographs by James Balston For years, Stephen Ryan, like any interior designer...
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Horror in Indonesia ; the Old Royal City of Yogyakarta Is at the Centre of the Death and Chaos Resulting from the Earthquake That Has Already Killed 3,000. Andrew Buncombe Reports on the Fate of the One-Time Capital
With its royal palaces and universities, the ancient city of Yogyakarta has for centuries been a hub of Javanese culture - a centre for fine arts, traditional dance and craftwork featuring Batik making. This weekend, it is the centre of chaos and death....
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Horse Racing: Fabre's Lad Ready to Fill the Last Glaring Vacancy ; THE DERBY. Epsom Is the One Foreign Field to Have Resisted France's Master Strategist - until Saturday
The first French winner of the Derby, Gladiateur, became known in his homeland as "the avenger of Waterloo" after his victory at Epsom in 1865, a full half-century after the affair in Belgium. It is probably entirely appropriate that the Chantilly-based...
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Horse Racing: Galatee to Set a Spectacular Standard ; THE OAKS
It has become fashionable to denigrate the Derby as a fading glory, but statistics say otherwise. Sure, the Nineties were an ordinary decade, with only one truly high-class winner in Generous. But then so were the 20th century's Noughties, Twenties and...
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